Actions: Work visas might be reduced
Zhang Zhixin, head of American political studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said the US under Trump’s watch is ready to defend its economic and security interests, even at the risk of taking on other countries, be they friend or foe.
Trump’s determination to expand employment by discouraging US companies from investing overseas has been welcomed by many underprivileged US citizens, Zhang said.
The new administration’s plans also might affect professionals from China and other countries hoping to secure a job in the US.
Reports said the H1-B work visa program that allows US employers, particularly Silicon Valley giants, to hire top foreign professionals also faces changes as “part of a larger immigration effort”, said Wang Dong, an associate professor of international studies at Peking University and secretary-general of the Beijing-based think tank Pangoal Institution.
It is possible that Trump could lower the number of work visa applications from the annual quota of 65,000 set aside for “specialty positions”, Wang said.
“A renegotiation is also likely, but the pain will soon be felt byUS companies and work-visa applicants, a lot of whom are Chinese” he said.
Trying to prevent immigrants from entering the US illegally, and deporting those whoare already in the country, partly in the name of combating terrorism, is arguably an effective if controversial way of securing jobs for local bluecollar workers, Zhang said.
“That does not bode well for Beijing, which may have to prepare for head-to-head negotiations withWashington on trade, diplomacy and security,” Zhang said.
Under Trump’s tougher vetting of immigrants, which he said is needed to prevent terror attacks, he has ordered a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the US, an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, and a 90-day ban on entry of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“How far Trump will push the envelope on immigration and what he might do to bypass institutional barriers remains unpredictable,” Wang said.
“But one thing is clear: ‘Make America Great Again’ will be coupled with continued bitter confrontations between him and his opponents and chaos may follow,” he added. The slogan was heavily used by Trump’s presidential campaign.
Contact the writers at firstname.lastname@example.org